Living an Illusion: Art in Paradise gallery in Chiang Mai
Art in Paradise, one of the world largest 3D galleries, is a fun and creative experience. Combining art and science, it is the world of incredible illusion. Art in Paradise is the interactive art gallery requiring your imagination and involvement. It enables you to immerse yourself into the artworks creating fantastic opportunities for funky photos.
Art in Paradise: gallery of illusionary artwork in Chiang Mai
“Illusion is the first of all pleasures”
– Oscar Wilde –
Looking for a break from working on our website, we decided to see something interesting in Chiang Mai temples? We have seen many. Another new coffee shop? Already had plenty of coffee this morning. Olga heard about an interesting 3D gallery in Chiang Mai, and we decide to have a look.
400 Baht entrance ticket… This is more than we pay for the room in our guesthouse. We have a second thought but finally decide to give it a go. At the end, we enjoyed it more than we expected!
Art in Paradise is a great invention. It’s clever. It’s fun. It’s a lot of laughs. We could have easily spent the whole day there rather than just one afternoon.
Art in Paradise is the art gallery with one of the world’s largest collection of 3D artworks. It opened its doors in Chiang Mai in 2013, when the South Korean artist Jang Kyu Suk transformed an old shopping mall into a gallery filled with creative 3D artworks by 14 South Korean artists.
Art in Paradise turned out to be much bigger than we expected. The gallery is located on two large floors with gigantic murals painted on the walls and floors, and it’s easy to spend several hours wandering around.
Art in Paradise is the world of incredible illusion art
Art in Paradise is home to more than 130 artworks. They range from famous sites such as Egyptian Tombs, the canals of Venice, and Angkor Wat to the world-famous paintings, including Van Gogh’s sunflowers and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Art in Paradise is a combination of art and science, special techniques and skills. The artworks are painted on a flat surface, walls and floors, in such a way that they create an extraordinary three-dimensional effect and give an illusion of depth and a sense of reality.
Art in Paradise is the interactive art gallery
In order to obtain the best 3D illusionary effect, you have to interact with exhibitions and be part of artworks by posing against the paintings.
We decide to be silly and have fun.
Art in Paradise is one of those places, where images speak louder than words.
Barely escaping a giant crocodile by hanging precariously on a tree branch.
What does it feel like sitting in a bottle?
Sharing a bottle of Coke with a polar bear.
Errol climbed the bamboo to have a closer look at the panda.
Surfing giant waves like a pro.
Or almost like a pro.
Just about to be a dinner for King Kong.
Peeking at the large underground networks of meerkats. The sentry didn’t even notice.
The Tiger is in you?
Crossing wobbly wooden bridges across waterfalls.
Getting a glass of red wine from God.
We found ourselves in a crazy room.
Some paintings require dusting off. Olga gives a hand.
Playing with a giant cat.
Or cuddling a goat.
Helping a ballet dancer lace her pointe shoes.
Frogging in the pond of lotus.
Exploring the canals of Venice on a gondola.
Or scouting wonders.
Tobogganing and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps.
Like Aladdin and its magic lamp.
Sneaking into the Grand Palace.
Flying on a paper plane above London.
Admiring bubbly volcanoes spitting fire.
At the end, all this world Is Illusion.
The 3D effect is fantastic! Although it’s not easy to understand for some artworks, there are a few instructions showing how to interact to get the best 3D effect. There are also stickers on the floor showing the best place to stand to get fun photos.
Whilst it’s not the cheapest place in Chiang Mai, Art in Paradise is a unique gallery definitely worth a visit. We had fun by fully immersing ourselves into the artworks, and we left the gallery with plenty of funky photos.
Location:Art in Paradise gallery is located in Chiang Mai in the northern Thailand. website
It’s within walking distance from the Night Bazaar and Pantip Plaza on 199/9, Changklan Road, between the Shangri-La and Empress hotels.
There are also Art in Paradise galleries in Bangkok and Pattaya.
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm. We would leave at least 3 or 4 hours for visiting the gallery.
Don’t forget your camera and come with friends or family to be able to experience the 3D effect and take fun photos.
Price for adults (foreigners) is 400 Baht (cheaper for children). The entrance is expensive but the gallery is definitely worth visiting.
Best time to visit the gallery is in the morning. Depending on the season, the gallery can get crowded in the afternoon making it difficult to take photos.
Written by ANYWAYINAWAY
Olga and Errol are the Swiss-Russian couple behind ANYWAYINAWAY. Passionate about unique culture and traditions, they decided to take career breaks and explore the world with the intention to expand awareness and provide new perspectives to the understanding of ethnic minority people, customs, traditions and culture. They also show the beauty of our planet and try to find something interesting in the ordinary.